Dr. Thomas Vranken
Position title: Lecturer in Literary Studies
Phone #: +679 323 1026
Office location: SPACE building, Room 319
Qualifications: PhD (Melbourne)
Expertise: Literature and Technology; Nineteenth-Century Literature; Popular Fiction
Thomas Vranken joined USP in 2022. He completed his doctorate at the University of Melbourne (2017), and a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of British Columbia (2019-2021). His research explores literature’s relationship with technology, the materiality of books, adventure fiction, and the place of Pacific literature in an interconnected nineteenth-century world. He welcomes inquiries from students looking to do graduate research in any of these areas, or in literary studies more generally.
Simulating Antiquity in Boys’ Adventure Fiction: Maps and Ink Stains (Cambridge University Press, 2022).
Literary Experiments in Magazine Publishing: Beyond Serialisation (Routledge, 2019).
Thomas Vranken and Suzy Anger eds., Victorian Automata: Mechanism and Agency in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, in press).
‘‘‘A Well-Preserved Piece of Useless Antiquity’: The Gentleman’s Magazine and Anti-Emotional National Identity’’, in Jock Macleod, William Christie, Peter Denney eds., Politics and Emotions in Romantic Periodicals (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
‘‘‘A Medium More Important than Bodily Sense’: Wilde, the Antipodes, and the
Techno-Imagination’’, Volupté: Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies 4.1 (2021).
‘‘‘Oscar Wilde’s Book’’: Early American Reviews of The Picture of Dorian Gray’, PMLA 133.1 (2018).
‘‘From Copying to Originality in Tit-Bits’’, Victorian Periodicals Review 51.4 (2018).
‘‘A Century’s Worth of Huckleberry Finn: Commerce, Property, and Slavery in The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine’’, Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal 40.2 (2018).
‘‘‘Look at This Map’: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Use of Diegetic Illustrations in The Return of Sherlock Holmes’’, Clues: A Journal of Detection 35.1 (2017).
‘‘The Public, the Press, and Celebrities in The Return of Sherlock Holmes’’, Authorship 4.2 (2015).